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Kevin McArdle

Kevin McArdle has been the State House Correspondent since 2002. He's covered the resignation of former Governor Jim McGreevey, the Governor Dick Codey Administration, the Jon Corzine/Doug Forrester 2005 gubernatorial campaign, the State government shutdown of 2006, the near fatal car crash of former Governor Jon Corzine, the 2009 Jon Corzine/Chris Christie gubernatorial campaign and the Christie Administration to date including acting as pool reporter for Governor Christie has he toured the state (via helicopter and motorcade) in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. McArdle has won multiple Associated Press awards for spot reporting and received the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2008 for coverage of then-Governor Jon Corzine's 800% toll increase proposal.

NJ has almost 3,000 teachers rated as 'ineffective' or 'partially ineffective.' (Fuse, ThinkStock)
NJ has almost 3,000 teachers rated as 'ineffective' or 'partially ineffective.' (Fuse, ThinkStock)
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New Jersey has almost 3,000 ‘struggling’ teachers

Figures released by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) revealed that almost three percent of the state's teachers are rated "ineffective" or "partially effective." That percentage might seem small, but the Garden State has a lot of teachers, so that number represents almost 3,000 teachers.

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Governor Chris Christie announces his run for President
Governor Chris Christie announces his run for President (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Why didn’t Christie get a bump in the latest presidential poll?

Most political pundits predicted Gov. Chris Christie would get a bump in national polls just after he formally launched his presidential campaign on June 30. In fact, the opposite happened, according to a recent poll.

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President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran deal is reached.  Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off from Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 14, 2015, after an Iran deal is reached. Obama says every path to a nuclear weapon will be cut off from Iran under a historic agreement announced in Vienna. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)
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New poll shows Americans don’t trust Iran

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced a deal with Iran for that country to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of billions of dollars in international sanctions. The same day, a national poll released by Monmouth University revealed the majority of Americans don't trust Iran.

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Gay marriage (Chris Howey, ThinkStock)
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LGBT Americans bullish on marriage equality, survey reveals

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal nationwide. A new Wells Fargo & Company survey of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Americans revealed that many felt optimistic about their financial future, but a large faction of the community didn't fully understand the financial implications of marriage equality.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a news conference, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Trenton, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Bridgegate’s impact on Christie’s presidential campaign

Since the so-called Bridgegate "scandal" broke in January 2014, political experts have said people outside of New Jersey simply don't care about it. Now that Gov. Chris Christie is officially a presidential candidate, that could be changing, but in ways different than many might think.

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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2015 file photo, practice test books at Morgan Elementary School South in Stockport, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ty Wright, File)
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Common Core is not the problem, assemblyman says

Officials with the New Jersey Department of Education announced Wednesday that committees would be formed to look into changes to the Common Core. On Thursday, the chairman of the Assembly Education Committee criticized the move and said the state was addressing the wrong issue.

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Limiting access to your personal information

Lost between Gov. Christie's presidential campaign and the state budget drama was the passage of a bill designed to put strict limits on the information NJ companies can collect when they scan a driver's license or credit card.

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NJ Common Core changes not expected until Fall 2016

Officials at a state Board of Education meeting made it clear Wednesday that committees would be formed solely to review the Common Core's two education standards, and that New Jersey parents waiting for changes should not expect them before the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

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Gambling chips on a roulette table at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
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NJ casino expansion on hold until 2016?

Supporters of a ballot question asking New Jersey voters to amend the constitution to allow casinos outside of Atlantic City are not conceding that it won't happen this year, but they are losing confidence. In order for voters to get the chance in November, a resolution must receive final legislative approval by Aug. 3.

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